When it goes wrong, it comes in bunches for the Seattle Mariners. Following a frustrating loss to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, the Mariners announced Erik Bedard has been placed on the disabled list with a sprained left knee. The move is retroactive to June 28th, the day after his last start, and he has only been placed on the 15-day DL.
Ryan Divish, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reported the move on Twitter Wednesday morning.
Erik Bedard placed on DL retro to June 28 with sprained left knee
On the plus side, this is just a knee injury and has nothing to do with his arm or shoulder -- both of which would be more cause for concern. On the minus side, the Mariners can ill-afford for any injuries and had made it through the first few months of the season relatively unscathed. The rotation has been healthy and superb, with Bedard being a key piece of the team's success. After falling victim to various injuries over the last two years, Bedard has been a revelation, and his loss will surely be felt.
Also of note: Jose Yepez is on the way to Seattle after Miguel Olivo came down with cramps on Tuesday night. His replacement, Chris Gimenez, injured his oblique shortly thereafter, and was forced to gut-out the rest of the game; the Mariners had no other option at catcher other than Jack Wilson, the emergency catcher.
We'll be back with more on Bedard's injury and his replacement when it becomes available.